Irish Water has said repair works to a burst water main in Fermoy cannot be commenced until tomorrow morning.
In a statement issued this evening, the company confirmed that in partnership with Cork County Council, they have attended the site of a burst water main at Kent Bridge in Fermoy.
Irish Water said that crews have isolated and closed off the flow of water and the area is being made safe.
#CorkTraffic Fermoy Bridge is currently closed in both directions due to an incident (looks like a burst watermain.) Please use an alternative route this evening. Emergency services are on scene. pic.twitter.com/yh2F26bxor— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) November 1, 2021
They said that customers in the north of the town can expect supply interruptions until the repair is complete.
Due to the location of the burst on a bridge, Irish Water said repair works are “complex” and need to be carefully carried out.
They said because of the need for “extensive traffic management” at the site and for the safety of dedicated water services crews, the repair of the burst main can’t be commenced until early tomorrow morning.
They added that it typically takes two to three hours following repairs to restore normal supply to all customers affected by an unplanned outage.
Pat Britton, Irish Water, commented:
"Irish Water and Cork County Council immediately dispatched crews to make the area safe.
"We understand the inconvenience unplanned outages can have on customers and we appreciate your patience as we work to restore normal water supply as quickly and as safely as possible."
The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact Irish Water on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.
Kent Bridge in Fermoy is reportedly closed to traffic while emergency services deal with an incident.
A Garda spokesperson confirmed that Gardaí are at the scene of an incident on Kent Bridge "in a traffic management capacity".
Footage circulating on social media shows the bridge flooded as it appears a water mains has burst.
Motorists are being advised to use an alternative route.
In a statement on its website Irish Water said it is "currently investigating reports of a supply disruption to Ashe Quay, Crann Ard, Dublin Road, Pike Road, Fermoy and surrounding areas in Cork".
More to follow as we have it.